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At Least 7,000 People Reportedly Arrested in Iran Protests: UN

NEW YORK: The United Nations has said that at least 7,000 people have reportedly been arrested in Iran since mass demonstrations erupted last month, and called for the immediate release of those arbitrarily detained.

In a statement, the UN human rights office also said it had obtained “verified video footage” showing security forces firing on protesters, apparently with intent to kill.

It added that it had information suggesting that at least 208 people were killed during the unrest, supporting the figure previously given by Amnesty International.

“There are also reports, which the UN human rights office has so far been unable to verify, suggesting more than twice that number killed,” the statement added.